Upper Mustang Trek

17 Days

The Upper Mustang Trek is unrivaled access to the hidden mystery of the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Mustang. This place is famously known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, as it was opened for organized treks in 1992.

The Upper Mustang trek is visited by an average of one thousand trekkers annually, which gives you the advantage of trekking in isolated and virgin trekking trials. This trek provides you with a good time to captivate with the undisturbed Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition, prehistoric monasteries, staggering architectonic, and ancient villages, as well as appealing geography and panoramic mountain views.

The Upper Mustang Trek is a flawless journey, giving you insight into the lifestyle of the real mountain people and their Tibetan-like traditions. The trekking in the Mustang region geographically gives you the feeling of traveling in Tibet.

Planning your trip to Upper Mustang?

Upper Mustang (locally known as Lo) is a desiccated river valley, very much similar to Tibet. Trekking to Upper Mustang is a prerogative privilege. You need a Special Trekking Permit to enter the region of the Mustang. Since it receives a very low portion of rainfall, the region is considered the driest of all of Nepal. Hence it is appraised as the best monsoon trek in Nepal. However, Mustang is blessed with abundant natural as well as cultural artistries.

What is the best season for Upper Mustang Trek?

Being in the rain shadow of Annapurna massif, summer is considered the best monsoon trek. With crystal clear days and dry weather, this is the finest time to explore Mustang. However one can enjoy the scenic Upper Mustang trek throughout the year.

What kind of accommodation to expect?

We will accommodate ourselves in comfortable Teahouse Lodges throughout the trek. These lodges are run by local residents. The lodges are generally equipped with gas-operated showers. Lodges serve good quality meals with Tibetan-Nepalese and western mixed menus.

Overview

This 14-day Upper Mustang Trek starts with seven hours drive from Kathmandu to the famous city of Pokhara. Pokhara, with its magical natural beauty, has always been a darling among travelers. From Pokhara, we take a short flight leading us to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter of the Mustang district. From Jomsom continue our trek to Kagbeni which is the gateway to the Upper Mustang trek.

We trek through the villages of Chele, Syanboche, Ghami, and Tsarang to Lo Manthang. Cross numerous mountain passes and small settlements with rich cultural and natural beauty throughout the trek. The close-up view of Nilgiri, Tilicho peak, Annapurna I, and Bhrikuti peak will follow you through Lo La Pass before reaching the ancient settlement of Lo Manthang. We will have the day free at Manthang for exploration of ancient Gompas, palaces, Temples, and the lifestyle of local people.

Leaving Lo Manthang, we retrace towards Ghami. Explore Ghar Monastery at Dhakmar. Head towards Samar through the villages of Jaite and Chhukungkah. Follow the trail to Chhusang. Explore the holy site where it is believed that Holy Padmasambhava meditated. After Chhusang trek to Muktinath crossing Gyu La Pass (4,080m). Muktinath is the holiest shrine among both Hindus and Buddhists. Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom and drive back to Kathmandu the next day.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal!!! Our representative will welcome you at the International airport and assist you to the hotel. You will have a comprehensive pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide. Consult and complete your last-minute shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast commences the exciting sightseeing tour of culturally rich Kathmandu City. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Patan City (City of Fine arts). Overnight at a Hotel in Kathmandu.

Early morning after breakfast, drive to Pokhara (200 km/ 7 hrs approx). There is an option to choose to travel by Tourist buses on the seat in coach basis or private vehicle transfers. Drive through the beautiful villages, rivers, and hills which also gives an insight into the daily life of locals. You can indulge in an adventurous white water rafting in the Trishuli river on the way to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

If seven hours drive is exhausting, you can simply fly to Pokhara which takes around 25 minutes. Please advise us for more information.

Early morning flight from Pokhara airport to Jomsom. The spectacular view of Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri makes this short flight mesmerizing. Upon arrival in Jomsom, collect your bags and start trekking through the easy trail up the valley of Kali Gandaki river to reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an ancient trade point between Tibet and Nepal and it houses a Buddhist Monastery. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge

Going to Upper Mustang from Kagbeni needs permits. We check our documents at the gate and continue our journey. Trek along the eastern bank of Kali Gandaki river to reach Chusang. It is recommended to start your trek early to avoid the strong wind of the Mustang in the afternoon. On the way, you will pass by the red pillars of sand formed by thousands of years of corrosion. Continue through the beautiful villages and landscapes until you reach Chele.

After breakfast start your trek through a steep climb to Ekle Bhatti and continue to ascend to the Taklam La pass (3,630m/11,940ft). Crossing the pass we reach the village of Samar. From Samar continue to trek to Syangboche. Overnight stay at Syangboche.

Trek to Ghami (3,520m/11,549ft) - 5-6 hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Tsarang (3,870m/12,697ft) - 5-6 hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,730m/12,238ft) -3-4 hrs (B/L/D)

Rest day in Lo Manthang (B/L/D)

Trek to Drakmar (3,810m/12,501ft) - 6-7 hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Ghiling (3,806m/12,487ft) - 5-6 hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Chhuksang (3,050m/10,007ft) - 5-6 hrs (B/L/D)

Trek to Jomsom (2,700m/8,859ft) - 6-7 hrs (B/L/D)

Early morning after breakfast fly back to Pokhara. The rest of the day is free in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Drive back to Kathmandu. back to Kathmandu. Be transferred to your hotel and relax. Evening you will be transferred to a Nepalese restaurant for Authentic Nepalese cuisine with a cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara on Tourist Bus. (Seat In Coach basis)
  • AIRFARE: Pokhara- Jomsom - Pokhara Airfare with Fuel sur-charge and domestic airport tax. (For guide and guests)
  • Three nights of twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Two nights of twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara using a 3-star category hotel with breakfast.
  • Eleven nights' twin sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while on trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day with tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Complimentary farewell dinner after your trek completes with a cultural show.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, Restricted Area permits, ACAP, TIMS, entrance fees, detailed pre-trip meeting, and comprehensive first-aid kit.
  • Service charge and Government Tax. (Currently 13% VAT)

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any items of personal nature, personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for all our trips) should cover emergency rescue and evacuation expenses.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any kind of Bank Transfer/ Card payment charges.
  • Any other items not mentioned above include section.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Light weight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eatery to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegeterian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Our every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expeditions related programs. However, visit rainshadow part of the Mustang can be visited during the rainy season.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatizations, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.

On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Upper Mustang Trek